Public Service Announcement: Solar Eclipse 2024 in Lincoln

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Public Service Announcement

Lincoln, ON – (March 25, 2024) On Monday, April 8, 2024, a rare celestial event will grace our skies: a Total Solar Eclipse visible across the Niagara Region. This phenomenon, not witnessed from major Canadian cities since the 1970s, presents a unique opportunity to witness the moon completely covering the sun.

During the eclipse, a narrow corridor known as the path of totality will experience the most spectacular view, revealing the sun's corona and other fascinating solar features. In Lincoln, the solar eclipse experience is expected to start at 2:04 p.m. and last for about two and a half hours. The sun will be fully eclipsed at approximately 3:18 p.m. and will last for approximately three minutes.

Safety is paramount during this awe-inspiring event. It is imperative to view the eclipse through certified eclipse glasses (ISO 12312-2 international standard) or a handheld solar viewer to prevent eye damage. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes. Learn more at Niagara Region's website.

Additionally, we urge all residents to take precautionary measures to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  1. Stay Prepared: Stock up on essential supplies like medication and plan your activities ahead of time to avoid unnecessary travel during potential traffic jams.
  2. View from Home: Consider watching the eclipse from the comfort of your own home to avoid traffic and crowded areas.
  3. Traffic Awareness: Anticipate heavy traffic on April 8. If attending a viewing party, leave early and pack essentials for a potential long drive home. Walking to nearby events can also help avoid traffic congestion.
  4. Business Readiness: Local businesses, ensure your staff is prepared for the influx of visitors and have contingency plans in place to welcome tourists safely.
  5. Communication Plan: Plan ahead for potential spotty cell service during the eclipse. Establish a meeting point for your family in case of emergencies.
  6. Last-Minute Safety Check: Use April 7 to perform a final safety check and ensure all essentials are stocked up.

As the eclipse unfolds, let's prioritize safety and enjoyment. Whether viewing from home or attending an event, let's make smart choices and cherish this historic moment together. 

For more information, visit Speak Up Lincoln